Mass incarceration is the human rights issue of our time. A community centered in Radical welcome has the ability to increase hope, sense of belonging and agency by welcoming our neighbors to make purposeful decisions in their lives and in our communities.
Reimagine a world centered in radical welcome, forgiveness, healing, trauma informed care and restorative practices, a world where mistakes are forgiven and allowed to be made.
Hasshan Batts is a prison survivor, healer, son, father, brother, husband, and friend. Hasshan is a Community Epidemiologist, community based participatory researcher and leading expert on Trauma Informed Care, Reentry and Community engagement.
Hasshan is the Executive Director of the Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley, adjunct professor, Lehigh University, Lehigh University post-doctoral research fellow, Rider-Pool Collective Impact fellow, Practitioners Research and Scholarship Institute Writing fellow, distinguished Robert Wood Johnson Culture of Health Leader, founding member of The Society for the Healing and Study of Historical Trauma, founding board member of the NE Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Association of Black Social Workers and board member of Resurrected Community Development Corporation and Penn State Extension.
Hasshan holds a joint MSW from North Carolina A&T and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a post graduate certificate in Global Health and Doctorate in Health Sciences from Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Florida. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx